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Ways to toggle between multiple windows at once..?

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    Ways to toggle between multiple windows at once..?


    I'm currently a grad student and need to run and toggle between several programs at once in order to easily complete my assignments (I need Microsoft excel, word, endnote, powerpoint, dropbox, etc. while accessing many internet tabs ). I can do this from the default scenario (i.e. the "old windows" screen), but not the start menu where all the programs are located, creating an extra step for each program needed to complete my assignment and the whole process seems basically unfeasible from the windows 8 start menu. I'm wondering if anybody knows how to set up windows 8 start menu to toggle between many windows and programs? I have been trying to figure this out for several hours now with no success. Thanks!

    -zjud

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    USA, Idaho
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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Alt + Tab. I just opened four different programs and toggled between them using the old "Alt + Tab." Not sure if that is what your are asking?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    yeah. <Alt>+<Tab> to switch between apps.

    you can hit <Windows key>+<D> to show the desktop and then use the taskbar.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    On the metro start screen mouse over to the upper left (hot) corner and you should get a bar down the left side with thumbnail views of open windows/apps/programs. Then just select the one you want.
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Also, control+alt+tab = Keeps Flip 2D open to rotate through opened Apps. Desktop apps each have one place in rotation. (Where alt+tab, as mentioned by Lee, = Opens Flip 2D to rotate through opened Apps. Desktop apps each have one place in rotation.)
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    Ummm, I believe the OP is talking about multiple, tiled windows all visible simultaneously? Gee, what a concept. I remember we had that capability back around 1990. Ah, the price of progress.

    Jeff
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    Yes, you are right. Maybe he's getting the correct idea at this point--that what he wants to do isn't going to happen.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Jf1450 View Post
    Ummm, I believe the OP is talking about multiple, tiled windows all visible simultaneously?

    Jeff
    in Metro? Good luck with that.
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